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IDC Says More Smartphones Were Shipped than Feature Phones in Q1 2013

Apr 26 2013, 7:03am CDT | by , in News | Mobile Phones

IDC Says More Smartphones Were Shipped than Feature Phones in Q1 2013
 
 

For the first time in the industry has such a record been broken. More smart phones have been shipped in Q1 2013 than feature phones. This is a surprising statistic.

There has been a sea change in the market trends. For once in a lifetime, smart phone sales have overtaken feature phone shipments. This portrays the public’s acquired taste for new stuff. According to Business Wire, the fact of the matter is that people don’t just want ordinary mobile phones anymore. They literally want to have mini-computers in their pockets. The days of text messaging and phone calls has long since gone the way of dinosaurs. Thus the balance has shifted permanently.

Another trend is the Chinese phenomenon that has crept into the market. A couple of years ago, the major fighters in the arena were Nokia and Blackberry. But now various Chinese companies have taken over the battleground. This sweeping change is just a trailer. The real parts have yet to be seen. For now at least smart phone shipments have reached a colossal 210 million units. This is a 36% increase in growth patterns from the previous records. These are the latest figures for the first quarter of 2013.  The world’s leading smart phone distributor is LG, whereas Samsung has a third of the market to itself.

Samsung has speeded ahead to sell nine times more than Apple. The statistics speak for themselves. As for the entry of Chinese companies in the market, the secret to this success is the phenomenon known as “Chindia”. Both China and India have muscled their way out into the world economic scene. China through its technology and infrastructure; and India via its movie-making and IT sector. Leaving India aside for a while, China is a classic example of a nation that has so many hard workers that have virtually transformed the landscape. It is indeed an industrious country if ever there was one.
 
The Chinese work ethic may have its mysteries but the present conditions are plain and clear for everyone to see. The paradigm shift from feature phones to their smarter cousins, the smart phones, has everyone up the wall.  A new wave is in the air and the sophisticated want to catch it no matter what.


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